Game of the day: St. Louis at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. The National League Central race is even tighter after the Brewers won the series opener Friday, and the second game of this series Saturday will feature a pair of Cy Young Award winners. Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter (1-5) won the award in 2005, and he is starting to round into form after struggling earlier in the season. Carpenter hasn’t earned a win since May 10, but he allowed just two earned runs in each of his last three starts. Brewers left-hander Zack Greinke (5-1) won the AL Cy Young Award with the Royals in 2009, and Milwaukee has won each of his last six starts.
Other game to watch:
Seattle at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Both of these second-place clubs are within striking distance in their respective divisions, and they send hard-throwing right-handers to the mound Saturday. Seattle’s Michael Pineda (6-3) is a leading Rookie of the Year candidate who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 12 starts this season. Max Scherzer (7-2) will start for the Tigers, looking to bounce back from three straight subpar starts in which he allowed 19 earned runs in 13.2 innings. Scherzer is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three career starts against Seattle.
Games you should have seen:
Oakland 7, Chicago White Sox 5. The Athletics snapped their 10-game losing streak at the last second, scoring four runs with two out in the ninth to stun the White Sox. After Hideki Matsui’s RBI single cut Chicago’s lead to 4-3, Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double to put Chicago ahead. Two-time all-star Andrew Bailey earned his first save of the season after coming off the disabled list to make his season debut May 29.
New York Yankees 11, Cleveland 7. The Indians scored four runs in the ninth inning to make this game somewhat close, but the drama came early after Indians starter Fausto Carmona hit Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a high fastball in the second inning. Both benches cleared, and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi got in a heated yelling match with Indians skipper Manny Acta. Curtis Granderson hit his 19th home run of the year for the Yankees, and Alex Rodriguez hit the 625th homer of his career.
Stat you should know: 9. Wins this season for Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay after he earned the victory in the Phillies’ 7-5 win Friday over the Cubs. Halladay, the first pitcher this season with nine wins, also struck out nine hitters in 7 scoreless innings. The win was the first of Halladay’s career against the Cubs. The only remaining teams Halladay hasn’t beaten are the Phillies and the Giants.
Star of the night: Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis went 2 for 5 with a grand slam and six RBI in Baltimore’s 7-0 win over Tampa Bay. The Orioles have won four games in a row and are only one game under .500.
Chatter: “A lot of things feel long when the offense is struggling and you’re part of the offense. Whether it’s the games themselves, the losing streak, the lack of driving in runs. All of it seems long. It’s finally good to break through a little bit.” – Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, who homered in Florida’s 6-4 win Friday over Arizona that snapped an eight-game losing streak.